Definition of constitutive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌkənˈstɪtjutɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːnstɪtuːtɪv//
; BrE BrE//ˈkɒnstɪtjuːtɪv//
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(formal) constitutive (of something) forming a part, often an essential part, of something Memory is constitutive of identity. Poverty is a constitutive element of a particular form of economic growth. Word Origin late 16th cent.: from late Latin constitutivus, from constitut- ‘established’, from the verb constituere, from con- ‘together’ + statuere ‘set up’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: constitutive